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L'Espalier - CLOSED

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Ounce $60.00
Half ounce $35.00
American Paddlefish
Ounce $175.00
Half ounce $90.00
Siberian Sturgeon
White Sturgeon
Galilee Osetra
Pemaquid Oyster,* Damariscotta, Me
Served with seasonal accompaniments
Wellfleet Oyster, Wellfleet, Ma
Served with seasonal accompaniments
Apple Street Farm Lettuces
With melon; fresh and sorbet, confit orange, raspberry and great hill blue
Sweet Corn Bisque
With warm gulf shrimp and popcorn powder
Seared Georges Bank Scallops and Maine Mussels
With hen of the woods, charred onion flan and seaweed broth
Cold Smoked Salmon
With pickled vegetables, crème fraîche and american caviar
Foie Gras “Torchon”
With anise hyssop, plum and smoked chocolate-almond trail mix
Maine Beef Tenderloin
With chanterelles, ravioli, parmesan water and olive oil poached tomatoes*
Hot Smoked King Salmon
With apple street farm wax beans, oyster emulsion, compressed fennel and plankton fumet
85% Apple Street Farm
Heirloom tomato,‏ honeyed goat yogurt, geranium scented peach and lemon basil with chilled maine lobster
US$41 - US$100
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
French, International
Reservations, Private Dining
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Farewell! Why visit a restaurant that's closing? Because of everything that made L'Espalier. Wonderful staff, wonderful meal. Fixed tasting for the holidays. A little hectic because of the closing but did not feel rushed or anything out of the ordinary while dining. Critical feedback: the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ATypicalPalate
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They’re closing and we wanted to sample a Boston tradition beforehand. Doing so made me realize why they are closing. Save your time. We are actively planning some alternate end-of-year celebration dinner because this was so disappointing. Details: - We arrived to hear they are...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank randomusername98765
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have spent the last several years returning to Boston for the Christmas holidays, and have always spent an evening here enjoying dinner with friends here. This year was no exception. Our friends are vegetarian, and the kitchen put together a meal that was over...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Michael A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just to get it out of the way: the service is impeccable, the wine list is exquisite, the ambiance - nothing special. Now, on to food: we selected 8 course menu. Some of the items were bordering on or directly from the realm of molecular...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank nbdoc
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Sadly, this once great restaurant has become a slightly better than average restaurant, although at exorbitant prices. We had the tasting menu, and the food was OK. Sometimes there were interesting flavor combinations, but too often the food seem ordinary or bland. The wait staff...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank putnik123
Reviewed 29 November 2018 via mobile

Fine dining can mean different things to different people. For me I look for impeccable service, inviting atmosphere, high-quality ingredients, and innovative food. We recently tried L'espalier in Boston to celebrate my husbands birthday. Unfortunately, the dinner was almost a complete letdown. I made a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank WanderlustHrts
Reviewed 27 November 2018 via mobile

We selected the pricey Thanksgiving dinner here and looked forward to a special and lovely experience. Unfortunately, that is not what we got. The little extras were nice but only one roll per person was offered and the course portions were small. The wine pairings...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Doubledeacon
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed an expensive lunch with wine parings here. The great service and enough wine made up for the bland food. The food was cooked to an almost perfect temperature and sounded great on paper; however, every dish lacked flavor and therefore was truly a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MikeInUSA
Reviewed 25 November 2018

We booked a table here for Thanksgiving. The restaurant is nicely decorated and spaced. The dining experience was just okay. First, the prices are extremely high for what you get. The portions are very small but tasty but not great. We have dined throughout France...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank NCSmokey
Reviewed 28 October 2018

We've been going to L'Espalier for over 6 years and what we used to take for granted as one of the best destination in Boston for the total dining experience is no more. It used to be the reference for ambiance, service, presentation, and food...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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